Imagine Britney Spears tapping a pencil against a book, staring at the clock, bored of study and itching for class to end. That was me. Only, I was a boy, not famous, in university and didn’t have pigtails or a number 1 hit single! After studying Spanish for several years and opting to take it as part of my degree (Linguistics, Spanish and Business) I had known that the question of a year abroad was going to arise sooner or later. Here it was; study, work or teach? I’d always fancied myself as a bit of a know-all and thought it would be a more real experience if I was teaching English in a Spanish school than studying in a university, so I opted to do the British Council Assistantship Scheme.